You're looking for a new challenge and a new career and life coaching is one area you have found that interests you. Where do you begin and how do you ensure it's the right career for you and that you have the right skills?
You've heard about life coaching and want to pursue a career that can make a profound difference in people's lives. But where do you start and what do you need to know?
If you're thinking about becoming a life coach there's a few things you'll need to consider. In order to become a life coach you will need to obtain the right certifications and qualifications from reputable providers like iPEC, EMCC or Association for Coaching (see bottom for links).
As with any other professional job, life coaches are required to possess specific skills, adhere to certain standards of conduct, and undertake a set foundation/schedule of training in order to qualify.
Even if you think you have enough life experience and you know you're good at talking and listening to people is largely irrelevant. Although the key skills you will need to possess are :
Without the relevant training, certifications and qualifications behind you, you are unlikely to secure the business you need in order to become a full-time life coach and make a living from the job.
A life coach helps their clients take more control with things in their day to day lives like relationships, careers, fitness, work-life balance and even self-confidence. There's a number of ways they can do this including :
Clients will probably include individuals, couples and even corporate clients.
To this end, the first thing that you will need to do if you want to become a life coach is to find out more about any set standards for professional life coaching ethics, training and practices from the companies we have provided below.
Generally speaking, you need to attend an accredited professional school and follow a set training schedule in order to receive life coaching accreditation. Don’t be tempted to lie about training, certifications and qualifications – if you do this you are deceiving your patients and you could also be breaking the law.
Naturally you will need to budget for any training that you may require to become a life coach, but once you have completed the relevant training, you will be in a good position to start looking for business.
Don’t underestimate the importance of building a professional level of personal chemistry with your clients. In many cases, potential ‘patients’ will look for a life coach that they can get on with (i.e.. talk to very easily about their personal issues) and trust in addition to one who has the relevant training and qualifications.
It is vital to build a professional relationship with clients to not only ensure that they return to see you, but also to ensure that are able to help them resolve with any issues that they may have. This may sound like a simple process in concept, but life coaching can be a very demanding and difficult job at times.
Finally, be prepared to answer any questions or address any concerns that a potential client may have. Naturally, clients will want to find out more about you and how you can help them, so take the time to chat to clients, either on the phone or by meeting them in person, to make sure that you are in a position to help them.